NRC Seeks Information Regarding I-131 Patient Release

November 16, 2015

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is requesting information from the general public on a number of issues associated with medical treatment of patients with sodium iodide I–131. SNMMI is working on comments to the NRC and will be reaching out to members for input. 

Specifically, the NRC would like input on the below items:

  • Patient concerns about medical treatment involving the use of I–131
  • Information that physicians use to make decisions on when it is safe to release I–131 patients based on radiation exposure concerns
  • Radiation safety information used by I–131 patients after their release
  • The availability of a radiation safety informational guidance brochure for I–131 patients that can be distributed nationwide

The information NRC collects will be used to develop a Web site to provide patients with clear and consistent information about radioactive iodine treatments and to revise NRC patient release guidance. The deadline to submit comments to the NRC is February 16, 2016.